October 8, 2017

School Safety: Drills, Procedures and More

  October is Fire Safety Month. Here’s all we need to plan out lessons with tons of video links too! Talking about school safety actually started at the beginning of the school year to prepare students to know what to do in case of an emergency.¬†With all the safety drills to go over in the >>>

August 21, 2017

The Most Critical Vocabulary for Primary Students

What is the most critical vocabulary for primary students and beyond? Well, I found the list! Yes, I sure did. And for some reason, not everyone is familiar with how to get the lists. Not only that, but I know there are 55 words that K-12 students should learn, review and use before graduating. The >>>

August 11, 2017

Get ready for back to school with some of my favorite teachers!

I remember a few years back, I was going from teacher blog to teacher blog looking for some meaningful freebies to get me going my first year teaching first grade. I’d been teaching middle school up to that point and needed some primary resources fast. It took a lot of time skimming the internet for >>>

July 24, 2017

Dear First Year Teacher: A Letter to Myself in Both of My First Years of Teaching

I have had two times in my life I felt like a first year teacher. The first time was my first year out of college and I was teaching middle school. The second time was after 11 years of teaching middle school, I went to first grade. That was such a large jump in grades >>>

May 21, 2017

Sticky Vocabulary: Teach, Remember, and Use Words Daily

Frozen fractals. Ask any child to sing Disney’s Frozen theme song and they will sing the part, “..frozen fractals all around!” This is proof that primary students (and even preschoolers) can learn to pronounce challenging¬†vocabulary. Our job is to teach the meaning of those big words in a way that sticks, but how? Pin it >>>

March 30, 2017

7 Alliteration Activities That Are Beyond Peter Piper And His Peppers!

When I think of teaching alliteration to K-2 students, I think of silly sentences like Peter Piper and Sally by the Seashore. I found out that alliteration can be so much more than that! Here are just a few ideas.   1. Search your favorite video site for “alliteration” and many videos that introduce or >>>

March 15, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day Prepositions, Hundred Chart Mystery and Make a Ten

I’m so excited about St. Patrick’s Day this year! We are going to have so much fun learning and playing with leprechauns. Here’s how our day begins. 1. First off, we are going to talk about prepositions. Our cute leprechaun will teach, review and informally assess in a PowerPoint slideshow. Not only that, I slipped >>>

February 19, 2017

8 Picture Books that Help Teach the Equal Sign

Looking for some books that will help teach the equal sign? Well, have you considered books on balance and comparing? Check out these books that would be a perfect collection to help you teach the concept of the equal sign, as well as link to science standards and critical academic vocabulary like “compare”!   Also, >>>

February 6, 2017

5 Ways to Engage Students to Learn Academic Vocabulary

      Read alouds with picture books. I like using an easy to read and understand story that is well known. It could be fiction or nonfiction. My favorite story to use is Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I start off the year reading versions of the story. The characters and plot are very >>>

January 10, 2017

Teaching the Equal Sign and What it Really Means

Teaching the Equal Sign and What it Really Means We have been learning about the meaning of the equal sign this week. It can be a challenging concept for first graders to understand. Even my math wizards look at me funny when I say that it’s true that any number is equal to itself. “Yes, >>>